Court will take stern action on striking lecturers
12 March 2014, 21:47
Nairobi - The Industrial Court will take stern action against striking lecturers who have moved on despite the presence of a court order stopping the ongoing strike.
The strike kicked off Wednesday morning all over the country as lecturers demand salaries and bonuses they claim have been held by university bosses.
Led by the Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) and Kenya University Staff
Union (KUSU), the lecturers are demanding more than KES 3.9 billion that was part of
the KES 7.9 billion agreed upon between them and the
government in a 2012 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
They claim that the money is being sat on by University Chancellors and their deputies.
But Tuesday, the Federation of Kenya Employers FKE obtained a court injunction
stopping the strike.
The two parties had been ordered to appear before Lady Justice Monica Mbaru at the Industrial Court, Wednesday 10 AM but the university unions failed to show up prompting Justice Mbaru to issue a threat.
" It is a violation of court orders to continue with the strike and the persons in-charge of the parties risk stern action for violating it, she said.
" The fact that they have not shown up in court stands as contempt of court which is a grievous offence, she added.
But in defiance, lecturers said they would not be cowed by the threats until their grievances are met by the government.
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